Rev. Christopher S. Esget, Senior Pastor
Available Monday, Wednesday-Friday (Tuesdays off)
The Reverend Christopher S. Esget has served as Immanuel's Pastor since 2001. He is married to Kassie, and they have one son, James. You can read his sermons and other writings at Esgetology.
Before coming to Immanuel, Pastor Esget served at Bethel Lutheran Church, DuQuoin, IL, where he was ordained in 1998. He attended Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, IN) where he earned the Master of Divinity degree (1997, concentration in systematic theology) and the Master of Sacred Theology degree (2005, major in systematic theology, minor in church history). His STM thesis was a comparison of the doctrine of original sin in Patristic and contemporary Eastern Orthodox theology.
Pastor Esget's undergraduate degree is from Berklee College of Music (Summa cum laude 1993, with an emphasis in film scoring). He also studied classical piano performance at the University of Minnesota.
Pastor Esget is the Fifth Vice-President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (East-Southeast Region; 2015 – present). He is a member of the Board of Regents of Concordia College—New York. He contributed two chapters to the book The Gates of Hell: Confessing Christ in a Hostile World (CPH, 2018).
Stephanie A. Mekonen, Kantor and Office Administrator
Available Monday-Thursday (Fridays off)
Stephanie Mekonen holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In the D.C. area, she performs regularly as a professional singer with the Washington Master Chorale and Church Circle Singers and maintains a private voice studio. She previously served as cantor at The Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda.
Kassie Esget, Office Administrator
Mrs. Esget manages the church records. She attended the University of Oklahoma and is married to Christopher, Immanuel's senior pastor.
Sherry Graveson, Organist
Sherry T. Graveson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Organ Performance and Music Education from West Virginia University. She also studied organ at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland and is Colleague of the American Guild of Organists. Currently, she is an organ student of Jeremy Filsell. She is a staff accompanist at the Little Theater of Alexandria.
Sherry is the associate organist at the Basilica of St. Mary in Old Town Alexandria and has been the organist at First Baptist Church, Alexandria for over twenty years. Sherry currently teaches private piano lessons here at Immanuel. She and her husband George live in Alexandria with their three children Matthew, Timothy and Abigail.
Michelle Hennig, Deaconess Intern
Michelle is completing her studies at Concordia University Chicago through a year-long deaconess internship at Immanuel. She is a Theology major in the process of obtaining her Deaconess certification, with double minors in Classical Education and Psychology. At Concordia, she ran track, sang in the choir, worked for residence life, served as a mentor for freshmen students, built relationships with fellow believers, and met her fiance, Andrew.
As the daughter of a Lutheran Pastor, Miss Hennig’s family moved several times, but the majority of her childhood was spent in southern and central Illinois. She attended Lutheran schools from Kindergarten through college.
Michelle enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, sewing, singing, being with her family, and spending time with her dog, Luther.